Into the new year with gratitude.

Happy New Year to you, dear reader. “May the best of last year, be the worst for the coming year.”  This sweet sentiment blessed me today by a loving aunt of mine. Mixed in with doctor visits and physical therapy, diagnosis and dietary exploration, I’ve had a few deeply significant “bests” in 2016.  Most of …

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Getting buzzed

I’m a people-person and I enjoy talking with the therapists and assistants, so physical therapy has actually been fun.  The young professionals in there were born in the early 1990’s.  Let that sink in for a moment.  While I was working my first job as a holiday helper during the seasonal rush at a local …

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Rice replacement. Endocrinologist replacement?

Good morning everyone, or good day, as it were.  Did I mention I’ve been watching British comedies? I have recently enjoyed a local playhouse’s live theatrical production where the actors employed a British accent as well. Shout-out to all the Mousetrap players! Right, moving along… if you are looking to adopt a Paleo lifestyle, or …

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Morning pages

  It creeps and crawls.  It slowly chokes me.  This anxiety.  Especially when I’m alone.  In somebody’s company, however, I am pleasantly distracted and feel uplifted.  There is a clear reason why I feel this way: a prescription adjustment.  Four weeks ago a very tangible shift occurred after my doctor switched me from 125 to …

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Brace Yourself

Let’s talk about orthopedic supports!  Okay, okay, take your seats everyone.  I know this is an absolutely riveting subject! Got pain?   Brace yourself. Here are the products that’ve helped me with chronic joint pain: I really like the ACE Plantar Fasciitis sleep support brace for nighttime.  It has a hard shinguard-type panel on the front that …

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Pause on the Prosciutto

There was no time left to make myself a complicated breakfast.  The black tea, steaming hot and steeping, would soon be ready for coconut milk and honey.  I made my family baked gluten-free oatmeal from a recipe I still adore and they all love.  Since my dad was visiting, I just wanted to focus on …

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Transitioning from sickness to health.

It was at a women’s retreat a few years back.  There, inside a cozy cottage situated on a wooded hillside, I heard something unexpected.  With the chill of autumn outside, an inviting plushness of comfy couches afforded our group of 30 ladies the space to unwind and meditate on God’s word together.  Our facilitator was speaking to us as we …

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One Hundred Days with Hashimoto’s. Day 23: Sweet pear pie.

On the autoimmune protocol I can feel deprived at times, when the restrictions of the elimination phase are pretty darn tight.  BUT pie is good.  And believe me you, this AIP friendly pie saved me many a time that I had a need for something sweet and comforting.  A dollop of thick, full fat coconut …

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One Hundred Days with Hashimoto’s. Day 21: Nothing personal

His chair squeaked as he shifted the weight of his tall frame on the doctor’s stool.  Sitting across from him and beside my baby girl who was in her carseat, I felt at ease about my appointment.  It’s always conversational and comfortable there. “Medicine isn’t what you think it is, Jessica.  It’s a business, nothing personal.  Strictly business,” he conveyed. …

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One Hundred Days with Hashimoto’s. Day 20: Carcass = Bone Broth

In my last post I let you all in on a chicken deal I scored from Aldi’s.  I got them 50% off and baptized those eight birds in rain barrel water in the backyard.  One chicken headed straight for the roasting pan and the other seven had to “let it go” in the deep freeze…Because they were frozen…ahem. …

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